Get to Know Our Teachers
Owner & Instructor
Name: Courtney Griffin
Hometown: Memphis, Tn
Trainings/Certifications: 500 ERYT, Tier 1 Certified Baptiste Teacher, (Level One, Level Two, Art Of Assisting). 200 Hr Certification Bala Vinyasa Yoga, Naples,FL; 300 Hour Certification Bala Vinyasa Yoga/Green Monkey Naples,FL.; Mastery of Yoga for Restorative Green Monkey Naples, Fl.; Baptiste Kids Yoga Teacher Training.
My other job is: Wife and Gam Gam to 5 grandchildren.
The song I put on repeat: Dear Prudence by The Beatles.
When I wake up I: Do my spiritual work and meditate.
My favorite quote is: “You are your own enemy and you are your own savior” – Buddha
My favorite pose is: Wheel
My growing edge pose is: Dancer
When I teach I feel: Happy
When I practice I feel: Grateful
I love: My family
Name: Liz Tong
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Trainings/Certifications: 200 RYT Om Tree Shala Lawrence, KS; Yoga Fit Level 1 & 2; Yin Yoga 100 hr Certification w/ Paulie Zink (in creation)
My other job is: Pro Bono Coordinator Legal Aid of Arkansas; Independent Sales Agent
The song I put on repeat: Kiss by Prince
When I wake up I: Make coffee and journal
My favorite quote is: “If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise” – Rupi Kaur
My favorite pose is: Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon)
My growing edge pose is: Side Plank
When I teach I feel: Electrified
When I practice I feel: Powerful
I love: To laugh until I cry
Name: Bethany Davis
Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
Trainings/Certifications: 200hr RYT through Sage Yoga School of Barefoot Yoga Studio.
My other job is: Full-time student completing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy
The song I put on repeat: God is a Woman by Ariana Grande
When I wake up I: Run, do yoga, or drink coffee
My favorite quote is: “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” – Eckhart Tolle
My favorite pose is: Pigeon or a seated wide legged forward fold
My growing edge pose is: Handstand. I strive to be able to hold one confidently.
When I teach I feel: Very humbled, honored, and connected
When I practice I feel: Lighter, reset, and more whole
I love: My husband, my family, my dog, my friends, yoga, eating healthy, and traveling.
Name: Amanda Spurlock
Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
Trainings/Certifications: 200 hr certification in Hatha and Ashtanga vinyasa from Akshi Yogashala, Rishikesh India. Mentoring in Baptiste method with 200hr to be completed in 2019 from Griffin Power Yoga
My other job is: Being a lifelong learner.
The song I put on repeat: Mountain Hare Krishna by Krishna Das.
When I wake up I: Meditate
My favorite quote is: “Where the heart is full of kindness which seeks no injury to another, either in act or thought or wish, this full love creates an atmosphere of harmony, whose benign power touches with healing all who come within its influence. Peace in the heart radiates peace to other hearts, even more surely than contention breeds contention.” – Patanjali
My favorite pose is: Agnistambhasana – Fire Log Pose
My growing edge pose is: Eka Pada shirshasana – One foot behind head pose
When I teach I feel: Grateful
When I practice I feel: Bliss
I love: Sharing tools that help bring peace into the lives of others.
Name: Katherine Gaker
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Trainings/Certifications: I completed a 200-hr hot vinyasa teacher training through Sumit’s Yoga in Memphis.
My other job is: I’m currently a medical student at NYIT.
The song I put on repeat: I can’t pick one! If I like any song it’ll be on repeat for a few weeks, and it drives everyone around me crazy.
When I wake up I: Downdog!! It’s the best way for me to stretch out and work out stiffness before starting my day.
My favorite quote is: “Practice and all is coming.” -Pattabhi Jois
My favorite pose is: Extended side angle pose has always been one of my favorites. I love playing around with inversions, but extended side-angle feels the best. For me it can be really restorative when I focus on the hip opening, or energizing when I focus more on the side-lengthening.
My growing edge pose is: I’m learning to make peace with chair pose. I have long femurs and it’s tough for me to feel comfortable in that pose. I am starting to see how wonderfully strengthening it is for the entire leg, so I’m trying to incorporate it into my home practice more. With utkatasana being so integral to Sun salutations (my favorite), I’m determined to get over this hump.
When I teach I feel: Helpful! I love to encourage creativity and give students new ideas or things to think about during practice.
When I practice I feel: Strong. Strength has always been more of a challenge for me than flexibility, and I really appreciate a challenge when I’m taking a class.
I love: Learning anatomy through yoga. It’s awesome to incorporate what I learn in medical school into my yoga practice. Yoga teaches me so much about anatomy through movement, and practicing allows me to ruminate on how the human body works. I’m so excited to share this with others.
Name: Vanessa McQuay
Hometown: Shreveport, LA
Trainings/Certifications: 200 RYT KC Fitness Link, Kansas City, KS
My other job is: Paralegal; Holistic Nutrition Coach
The song I put on repeat: Let It Be – The Beatles
When I wake up I: Practice Dirga Pranayama, meditate, coffee
My favorite quote is: “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama
My favorite pose is: Half Pigeon
My growing edge pose is: Crow! ( I have rotator cuff injuries and carpal tunnel in wrists so this is a challenge)😊
When I teach I feel: Connected
When I practice I feel: Grateful
I love: My family and motivating others to live their best lives.